PLEASE, let's help the Black Rhino in Namibia's Mangetti National Park. The species of the Black Rhino has been considered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be a critically endangered species. There was a subspecies of the Black Rhino in Africa known as the Western Black Rhino which has become officially extinct in 2011! Tragically the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) thinks that killing another Black Rhino is the only or perhaps best answer in trying to conserve and help a species that is already at the brink of extinction!!! Please, do not allow for them to attain any permits for their hunters to kill endangered species worldwide!!! If the auction they are planning on hosting in January of 2014 succeeds then be expecting that they'll be trying to go around the protections established for rare, exotic species to satisfy their own hunters with more permits to kill worldwide!!! Buying permits for such actions from poor African nations/governments that may only be going along with it out of desperation because funds for wildlife protection are limited is absolutely WRONG.
The Black Rhino, an incredible prehistoric, rare species of creature and being, who has existed on this planet for about fifty million years, had a whole subspecies of their kind wiped out by humans just in the past 2 years! Today there are only about 5,000 Black Rhinos left and 1,800 of them reside in Namibia.
Dallas Safari Club is an international organization (since 1972) that is comprised of members who are hunters, "conservationists," and "wildlife enthusiasts" - as they describe on their site. They also claim on their website that they have a Grant program that "contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to programs and projects promoting our mission to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, to educate youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide."
Dallas Safari Club has planned to host as part of their 2014 annual convention the auctioning of a permit to hunt the Black Rhino in Namibia's Mangetti National Park by claiming that it's their strategy to raise funds to help conserve the species in Namibia. The Government of the Republic of Namibia has granted Dallas Safari Club permission and they will be escorting the winning bidder during the hunt. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has also granted the organization their total cooperation in allowing the transportation of the Black Rhino corpse (as a "trophy") into the United States.
"This fundraiser is the first of its kind for an endangered species and it's going to generate a sum of money large enough to be enormously meaningful in Namibia's fight to ensure the future of its black rhino populations." That was a statement made by the Executive Director of Dallas Safari Club, Ben Carter, in efforts to try to promote the event. When presented with suggestions and inquiries regarding fundraising for the Black Rhino through non-killing methods, such as hosting a "photo safari" instead, Mr. Carter replied, "Well, that's great, but people don't pay for that."
"People don't pay for that" - We can all clearly see what this is truly about at the end. Perhaps, to this club organization, appeasing to and keeping their club member hunters happy is truly the main focus of their goal since they take pride in protecting hunters' rights. As stated directly on their Mission page on their website: "Advocacy is a part of DSC’s mission. DSC and DSC’s Political Action Committee have been very successful in defeating legislation that would have severely curtailed hunting rights and negatively impacted vast tracts of hunting habitat. Your contributions to our DSC-PAC go directly to efforts that support and help elect pro-hunting, pro-2nd Amendment candidates at the Federal and State levels."
Please help by signing this petition to stand against the "legal" killing of an innocent and already critically endangered species, the Black Rhino. Please don't allow for any organization or government to justify this type of killing under pretentious and wrongful claims of "conservation" strategy. This should not be allowed to exist as a false "for a greater cause" or "for the greater good" because it sets horrible standards of morality and reason that are already dwindling, and imagine that the same will be suggested for other endangered species in the future if the issues here are ignored.